The U.K. Votes: May Loses Majority on Dramatic Night

Britons woke up Friday morning to a hung Parliament, after Theresa May’s Conservatives failed to win an outright majority. May called the election in April expecting to win a mandate for her Brexit position, but now she faces calls even from within her own party to resign as leader.

Here’s how the election unfolded.

 

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party campaign headquarters in London on June 9. Whether or not May stays on, the Conservative Party’s best option may be to govern with the support of Northern Ireland’s pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party. 

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Members of the media gather in Downing Street in London early on June 9.

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Volunteers count ballot papers at the Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Sunderland.

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A volunteer runs with a ballot box at the Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Sunderland.

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A man dressed as the character Elmo stands outside a polling station as people come to cast their votes in the general election in Sonning.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn poses for photographers after casting his vote in Holloway in London.

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A mannequin sits outside The Crown Inn pub, which is being used as a polling station for the general election, in Roecliffe.

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Theresa May leaves after casting her vote at a polling station in Sonning.

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Voters arrive at the Old Fire Station polling station in the Stoke Newington in London.

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A sign advertising a polling station at the Fox and Hound pub in Christmas Common.

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A voter passes a police officer on patrol at a polling station in Tower Hamlets in London.

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A dog waits with its owner outside a polling station in Chipping Norton.

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Workers wait for voters at a polling station set up in a launderette in Headington, near Oxford.

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City of London armed police officers leave the St. Bride Institute polling station.

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Voters arrive at a mobile home being used as a polling station, in Halton East in the Yorkshire Dales.

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One of the campaign’s revelations was the success of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn−pictured here leaving his London home on Friday morning−who had been dismissed as unelectable by some members of his own party at the start of the campaign.

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